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New Work for a Theory of Emergence

Thornburg, M. Hayden (2012) New Work for a Theory of Emergence. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Many discussions of emergence focus on the putatively irreducible causal powers of emergents. I argue that the question of whether emergents are irreducible causes should be postponed in favor of the question of whether emergents are natural. David Lewis contends that scientifically interesting properties are natural: they account for resemblances and distinguish causally relevant and irrelevant properties. I consider bimanual coordination, as described by the HKB model, as an example of natural emergence. I conclude that emergent properties are those that systemic processes have when they exhibit “instability” and argue that instability is the natural property that unites these processes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Thornburg, M.
Keywords: Emergence, Reduction, Metaphysics, HKB, Natural, Complexity
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: M. Hayden Thornburg
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2012 20:08
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 15:01
Item ID: 9395

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